Today we welcomed Jesse Sensenig, owner of Goshen Brewery

Another great meeting of the Elkhart Rotary Club!

Important announcements:

Dave Lehman reminded everyone who wished to donate for Turkeys in support of the Matterhorn's Thanksgiving Dinner to deposit $20 in the pot today or next Monday the 19th.

Julie Cotton reminded Rotary Games captains and team members to be tracking their volunteer hours for the weeks leading up to the end of the year; captains as follows: Fran - Team 1,  Scott- Team 2, Howard- Team 3, Eric- Team 4

Today's speaker was Jesse Sensenig, owner of Goshen Brewing Company, a family-friendly, farm-to-table brewpub in downtown Goshen. Owning a business like this means the activities in their days are varied, but range from getting to know customers and working alongside an amazing staff, to creating recipes and brewing the beer, to putting on events like concerts and movies on the lawn. A Goshen College education shaped the Sensenigs’ business in many ways. Jesse earned a social work degree and Amanda earned a psychology degree. They went on SST to the Dominican Republic and learned firsthand about caring for and learning from people who were different from them. At GC, they made lifelong friendships with people from around the world. “All of those experiences have shaped the values of Goshen Brewing Company, which boasts many GC alumni as staff,” they said. “In particular, we focus on relationships in every aspect of our business, and strive for a feeling of acceptance and belonging, both for staff and customers.” The Sensenigs believe in the importance of community, and integrate the values of service and stewardship instilled in them from their years at Goshen College. “We collaborate with other local businesses and practice sustainability in our food sourcing, using both local and organic products whenever possible. GBCo. donates a portion of the proceeds from our Menno-Mighty IPA t-shirts to local organizations, such as LaCasa, Inc. and the Elkhart County Clubhouse. We support local artists, using and selling their merchandise at the brewery. The emphasis Goshen College places on music has affected us as well. We’ve featured musicians playing a wide variety of styles of music on our patio and in several events on a larger stage on the lawn. We’re grateful for the impact Goshen College has had in shaping our worldview and we carry those experiences with us into our business.”

About Rotary:
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, community leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and act to create lasting change – across the globe, in our local communities, and in ourselves. The Elkhart Rotary Club was founded in 1917 and serves its community through volunteerism, providing grants to not-for-profit organizations, sponsoring, and participating in service projects such as ringing bells for the Salvation Army, roadside trash collection, and are the originators and sustainers of Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Elkhart Rotary Club’s membership consists of approximately 150 dedicated individuals from various professional backgrounds and diverse interests. Membership in the Elkhart Rotary Club is by invitation. We welcome guests to attend any of our meetings and hear from our great lineup of weekly presenters.
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Upcoming Meetings and Program(s):
  • November 19: Dave Weaver, co-owner of Kem Krest
  • November 26: Jennifer Hayes, Heart City Health
Join us for our next meeting:
All meetings are at noon on Mondays at the Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center, 2041 Cassopolis St. in Elkhart IN, 46514. In months that include a FIFTH Monday, the Elkhart Rotary Club holds a dinner meeting (no presenter) at the same location.